Our Explore More Pages showcase the best along with some of the lesser-known attractions of the Lake District. We want you to get the most from your experience whilst staying in this unique area by highlighting some of our favourite places, along with those of the owners and our friends most loved walks and attractions.
Some days you may wish to stay close to home, on others, set off and visit further away landscapes. Here are just a few of the magnificent places we love, both near and far, always remembering that nowhere is more than a hour to and hour and a quarter drive away, and the journey through the landscape is always part of the days enjoyment.
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There is beautiful low level waking around the valley, with it river and tarn, small woodland and open meadow.
At the head of the valley a track takes you up to the the begining of the Kentmere Horseshoe. The entire circuit of the valley north of Kentmere is a trail that climbs all the major summits. None is overly difficult with spectacular of the vallies below the valley far below and far reaching views across Windermere, down to Morecambe Bay.
There are tarns to be discovered and the route is as far as you wish to travel. I would advise a map and compass and get hold of some route guides before setting off.
A fun day has to be a visit to Bowness with its bay on the lake. Plenty of shopping and food outlets but the best bit is to hire a boat for a trip on the lake. A rowboat for romance, a little motorboat for fun. Take a picnic and you can pull in at one of the bays or islands. If you prefer not to take charge, then hop aboard one of the steamers for a trip around the lake.
For a full night out, catch a show at the Old Laundry Theatre then book a table at the best restaurant, Jericho’s in nearby Windermere.
If you like art and culture, then a trip to the main town is a must. Abbott Hall has changing exhibitions, and at the Brewery Arts Center you can take in a movie, or a live show. The BAC attracts many big name stand-up comedians and is worth checking its diary dates.
The streets are vibrant with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants and theri a twice weekly farmers market. For more info check out our Kendal page in the Lakeland Guide section.
Kankku offers you a real off road driving adventure, putting you in the driving seat of their specially prepared 4x4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District from a new angle.
First time or advanced expeditions are available for individuals, families or groups to take the wheel of these mountain monsters, or you can bring your own 4x4 if you are happy to trash it. Learn new driving skills as you are expertly guided on challenging rough and rocky off road terrain on a gripping journey with a spectacular lake and mountain backdrop.
Imagine the romance and thrill to soar majestically skywards with a beautiful lake and mountain stretching away before and beneath you. This dream can now come true with Virgin Balloon Flights. Flights go from Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere, also Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in Ullswater. Wrap up warm, even in summer and make sure toy camera batteries are well charged.
I did a flight with Clare in Egypt many years ago, and the memory still stays with both of us. So chaps if you want to make a grand romantic gesture, this could be the one. Imagine proposing to your loved one a few thousand feet above the land of poets and artists and florishing a bunch of flowers - can't fail!
Here is an idea my son, Jack and his friends Cam and Dave thought I should mention. Bouldering is about hanging onto low rocks and traversing rather than ascending. It looks great fun and there are plenty of places to do it, from Arnside Bay to the Langdales, anywhere there are some reasonable rocks or boulders. You should wear a hard hat and I notice the lads take a sports mat to cushion any falls. It looks great fun and a pursuit most can do. For more info see the feature on the National Trust website
Brockhole is owned and managed by the Lake District National Parkland, and is the official South Lake Visitor Centre. The house and grounds are beautiful and extensive, offering many attractions for both adults and children. Bike hire, garden walks, crazy golf, a tree top trek and pony rides, along with exhibitions and guest activities all add up to a great day out for families. It is worth checking what is available and when, as some events and services are only held on a weekend. There is a good cafe, alternatively take a picnic. The centre is on the lake where you can arrive or depart by a Windermere Lake launch.
Set in the fells to the east of Grasmere, Alcock Tarn is the perfect target for a short day’s walk. When we used to stay at the Wordsworth Hotel, a few decades ago now, this was always a walk we did, always finding something new to admire and inspire. Fast flowing becks and steep mountain slopes are your path to this secret little tarn, where a picnic by its shores is reward enough, the views a bonus indeed.
Rydal Water to Grasmere is one of our most beautiful walks, taking in two tarns, and fairly easy. Drive out through Ambleside, on towards Grasmere. Look for the signpost that says Loughrigg. Cross the little Pelter bridge and you will see a small car park.
Follow the track up the hill to the east shore of Rydal Water. One of the prettiest lakes, the path is easy to follow. We take the high path, which gives the best views and is where you will find the two caves. To extend the day, carry onto Grasmere, another delightful tarn. Take a picnic and spend some real time relaxing.
Helvellyn is perhaps the most famous of our mountains, along with Scafell Pike. It can be approached from the west, near Grasmere, or the east from the south of Ullswater. The eastern approach is thought to be gentler, but then you hit Striding Edge, a blade of rock slashing the sky. It is awesome, sublime in its grandeur, however it can be dangerous, and walkers have literally been blown off or fallen with dreadful consequences. It is up to you whether to go. I did and loved it, Clare who was with me not so at all.
This is the one walk everybody should do. The track starts from the southern basin of Ullswater, going all the way to Howtown. Your journey takes you through the most splendid fell and moorland, with a view of the serpentine lake always there to keep you company.
Take a camera for some stunning shots of yourself in a cracking setting. If you make it to Howtown, you can catch a launch back to Glenridding, a splendid way to finish the day - if not you will have to return the way you came.
PS. Check the boat times.
There then are a few ideas for you to try. To get the most from you visit, do have a look at our Lakeland Guide Pages, the links to the many attractions, and of course explore the wider Internet for more wonderful areas and things to.